Article 400 - Mike Davies on concept design
After just three months we’ve reached an amazing milestone: our 400th article, and it’s one that everyone should read.
Mike has been at RSHP since the 1970s when he worked on the Pompidou Centre in Paris. More recently he was project director for the Millennium Dome and for Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport. Mike is currently project director for Grand Paris. In 2000, he was awarded a CBE for services to architecture.
In this exclusive article, Mike describes the architectural design process as, ‘one of life’s rewarding activities, it is an adventure.’ He says that, ‘Concept design is seldom a Eureka moment where a single idea pops into the head which resolves everything. It is virtually always a series of iterative explorations, a testing of ideas, resulting in a satisfactory resolution of often conflicting criteria, whether aesthetic, organisational, technical, financial, social or contextual.’
If you’re not already, follow us on Twitter @DesigningB to be kept up to date with the latest additions to the site and to share your feedback with us.
Featured articles and news
A new concept unveiled to tackle the lack of sports facilities in inner cities.
'Open hand' designs revealed for a new entertainment complex in China.
Modernist architecture and its many international variations explained.
BRE support Europe-wide strategic heating plans for local and national authorities.
Work set to begin on 'one of America's greatest parks', which will be 10 times bigger than Central Park.
One of our most popular articles - RSHP's Mike Davies writes about the concept design process.
As Cuba mourn the death of Castro, major renovation of this symbolic landmark may be a reflection of the country's fresh start.
How cannabis plants are used to create an alternative building material with plenty of advantages.
What does Mayor Sadiq Khan's first policy statement mean for London's infrastructure?
Bjarke Ingels Group announced as winners of design competition for new residential landmark in Amsterdam.